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Eastercon's many scopes

I know I'm over-thinking this, but it's been buzzing around my mind in various ways for the last hour.

Gail Carriger has been advised that Eastercon might not be the best venue for her/her work. Not in any absolute-don't-go sort of way; indeed, she said she would follow up by dropping programming a line since she'll be in London around then anyways. I should note I really do have no more information than this: no idea of who or why she was advised against Eastercon and, frankly, not even really enough knowledge of her market to be certain one way or the other if they are right.

And yet - Eastercon has so many synergies with her work, especially in recent years. Well-attended steampunk balls. Victorianesque combat demonstrations. A strong support for both fantasy and science fiction and the grey scales in between. The recent Sherlock Holmes revivals should, if anything, accentuate interest in these things.

Now, it's true there's never much representation from the romance end of the these subgenres at the convention - at most, a token panel or so in a given year; but that's only one aspect of her work.

It's not as if I really know much about marketing; or, indeed, much about this particular situation or this particular year's worth of Eastercon programming, and there are (usually) always more attendees and authors and editors and artists etc. with ideas for the committee. But at least some of you (taldragon, for one) will be interested that she'll be in London in early April and may (or may not) be doing some public events as part of that trip.


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Feb. 10th, 2012 10:50 am (UTC)
i am indeed, although i wont go to Eastercon. (i read her LJ so i'm hoping she'll post London details there).
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
That's very bizarre. I can only assume the advice came from someone who doesn't know a lot about Eastercon.
Feb. 10th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
Grrr. Of course we are interested. We may not be the "best" venue, but we'll be an enthusiastic and welcoming one.
Feb. 10th, 2012 11:19 am (UTC)
Hmmm, I wonder by whom she was advised?

Certainly I know of authors whose agents and publishers, in an effort to steer their work to a mainstream audience, have tried to focus the promotional efforts away from cons, on the basis that they are too "niche" etc. On the other hand, these days promotion is so crucial that I'd find it difficult not to encourage authors to take advantage of all reputable opportunities!
Feb. 10th, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
With my Eastercon hat on, I can say that she has not yet dropped programming a line but if she would like to be on things then the sooner I hear the better as we're pretty close to emailing participants, and I can think of at least one panel she is a dead fit for.

I don't know her books very well, but I think it's true that if you are deeply into steampunk then Eastercon is likely to be not as rewarding as, say, Weekend at the Asylum, or maybe Fantasycon depending on how much your interests cross over with dark fantasy/horror. And since we do have these other venues, I'm quite happy with an Eastercon which is a bit more focused on SF, and I don't think we have anything specifically steampunk-y this year but I do hope we have a nice range of stuff that will have something for all the attendees.
Feb. 10th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
It does sound as if the nature of Eastercon has been misunderstood. US writers in particular seem to be confused that it's not regarded as an occasion for 'marketing' in the way that (say) ComicCon is.

I personally find her work intriguing and would have thought that she would have much to contribute on 'alternate universes' and historical resonances.

Given the GOH this year that sort of work is particularly relevant.
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